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Danielli aims to spoil Italy party

Simon Danielli was cheering Italy to victory last weekend but is determined it will be Scotland savouring success on Saturday in the battle to avoid the RBS 6 Nations wooden spoon.

Italy recorded a famous win over France in Rome last Saturday and travel to Murrayfield eager for a fourth win in their last six matches with Scotland. Danielli played down the Italian connection many assume because of his family name and was merely cheering on the Azzurri because they were the underdog.

Edinburgh-born Ulster winger Danielli told Press Association Sport: "We were all watching the game and I was cheering them on, even though that means we're now bottom of the table, which is certainly not where we want to be. It's good for the game, it's good for Italian rugby and it's good for the tournament that they did win."

He added: "All credit to them and they fully deserved it."

Danielli's mother has investigated the Italian connection.

He added: "It was an 18th century Italian painter called Charles - he was probably a painter and decorator more than a grand artist.

"That's as far as we got."

The former Bristol, Bath and Borders wing has had strong displays against Italy in the past and in 2009 scored a try and was named man of the match in Scotland's most recent win over the Azzurri.

Danielli knows Italy will travel to Edinburgh confident of claiming a second Six Nations away win, but he believes the tournament is tighter than ever as Scotland seek victory.

He added: "They're going to be full of confidence and we just need to try and stop that. Anyone can beat anyone now on any given day; Italy beating sides will not be considered the upset it used to be."


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